UW Health in need of more health care workers to take part in COVID-19 prevention study

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – A COVID-19 study is looking for more participants.

UW Health is working to prevent frontline health care workers from getting the virus through a study called ‘SHIELD’.

Researchers are looking at whether applying a commonly used antiseptic on the nose and mouth, in addition to PPE, can help prevent getting infected.

Initially, only Wisconsin health care workers who had close contact with COVID-19 patients could enroll in the study.

Now it’s expanding enrollment to any health care worker nationwide having contact with a suspected or known COVID-19 patient.

If the study is successful it could be used more widely.

“The groups where I think it would be very helpful would be people like school teachers for instance. When you’re engaging in sub-settings where there are a lot of people and you can’t really maintain physical distancing. Other types of first responders might also find it useful. Similarly, would be staff in correctional facilities or nursing homes. Anywhere people are present in closed, crowded places,” said Dr. Nasia Safdar, UW Health Medical Director of Infection Prevention.

To learn more or enroll click here, email shield@medicine.wisc.edu, or call (608) 262-6560.